If you remember last year, I raised, or shall we say collected, 17 pairs of pajamas for the Scholastic "The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive." I remember the director of my children's daycare center having to hold the door open for me as I lugged in my big box of all your donations. They were all very impressed and even more so, grateful.
This year, the U-Gro Learning Center at Hershey has decided to team up with the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital to help gather toys for the children at the CHOP branch at the medical center along with their "ChildLife" program. We all know the very popular name of Children's Hospital, yet many people are not aware of what "ChildLife" is. Let me explain in a rather personal manner.
I say personal because I have had experiences with them twice now ... once when Max split his head and the other when Charlie split his head. These are some of the most patient, loving, understanding, heartfelt, and gentle people I have ever met. Don't get me wrong, I did think they were child services when I first met them as they arrived in my son's room declaring they worked with the medical center specifically when small children were brought in. Eeks. Yet they soon reassured us all as they distracted my bleeding children, calmed down a very freaked out Michael and myself, and proceeded to offer the boys toys and games to help them through their glue-ings and stitches. They were there to sing, act silly, offer crayons and manipulatives all the while Michael and I could listen to the on-call doctors and plastic surgeons discuss what needed to be done for our boys. They made it through and our associate moved on to the next room, but did not forget to give our boys each a parting gift for being so brave. We still have our small "Lightning McQueen" and "Tow Mater" cars that are still played with weekly. When we ask them where the toys came from, they tell us the hospital. If anyone is interested in reading some more, please see the following link.
We were told specific things that are in high demand right now for our CHOP branch here in Hershey, yet I also included a list I found from the website. If anyone would like to help me collect toys for this very special cause, please let me know. I am very willing to come get it from you or feel free to drop it off at the center yourself Here is what we were specifically told to donate and all products must be new:
Crayola Model Magic - bold colors, Presto Dots Kits, Color Fillz Pop Art
Crayola Color Fillz Mosaic Kits
Small Lego Kits
Wooden Craft Kits
Snap Together model car kits
Chutes and Ladders
Arts and Crafts Kits
Apples to Apples
Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D)